One of the most important aspects of Montessori education is that it encourages children to participate in self-guided learning. This self-guided learning allows children to focus on their interest and learn at their own pace. Montessori teaching methodology helps children in their learning process and encourages them to be creative and curious about the things around them. This indirectly helps them to be independent.
Montessori education helps children to be independent and teaches children that they are able to do any task within their ability. Helping them with simple tasks will only make them question their own ability. As the child learns to pour water or put his/her jacket on, he or she becomes a more confident and independent individual.
There are few ways to help young children to be more independent:
Give enough time for them to complete their task. Rushing them will only lead to adverse reactions. Start them with simple tasks like putting their jackets on in the morning before leaving home. Cleaning the dining table after a meal. Wiping a spill and etc.
More responsibilities around the house. Giving them more responsibilities like cleaning their room and making their bed every morning will help set the routine for them. These routines will help your child to become a strong, confidant, and independent child.
Give them options on what responsibilities they would like to help with. Make a list. Having a list of things not only helps you but helps them understand their responsibilities which leads to ongoing benefits throughout life.
Acknowledge their work and effort. At the end of the day, acknowledge and encourage them for how they have accomplished their goal or job for the day and discuss how they can help around more.
“ The greatest gift we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” By Maria Montessori